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2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A husband and wife were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Sandy Springs Wednesday morning.

According to Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose, the shooting took place on the 7000 block of Chaparral Drive.

Sandy Springs Police confirmed through Twitter a woman was transported to North Fulton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 54-year-old Sharon Wilkins, later died at the hospital.

The body of a man, who police say was both the estranged husband of Sharon Wilkins and the shooter, was found inside the house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was identified as 65-year-old Dan Wilkins.

The home where the shooting occurred is owned by Sharon Wilkins' 86-year-old mother, who was in the home at the time of the incident. She was not injured, authorities said.

The scene has been secured and an investigation is ongoing.

Man shot behind Sandy Springs nightclub

Man shot behind Sandy Springs nightclub

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- One person was killed in a shooting in the parking lot behind a Sandy Springs nightclub.

It happened Monday at around 2 a.m. near Taboo 2 Bar & Bistro in the 6000 block of Roswell Road.

Sandy Springs Police spokesman Steve Rose said 38-year-old Paul Anthony Santos was shot and was transported to the trauma center at North Fulton Hospital, where he later died.

Police have not given a motive for the shooting. Rose said the suspect is a black man who drove away from the club in a sedan. The investigation continues.

Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A woman has been arrested for leaving a child inside a hot car in a Sandy Springs parking lot.

Melissa Jackson turned herself in to Sandy Springs Police on Thursday.

Investigators said that on July 13, she left a child inside a car with the windows rolled up at the Lowe's on Roswell Road. It was about 86 degrees outside when witnesses spotted the child in the car.

Jackson left the scene before police arrived, but turned herself in after being contacted by detectives.

Police said Cobb County DFCS is also investigating Jackson.

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have charged a Tennessee man with second-degree vehicular homicide in an accident that killed his 72-year-old wife.

James Straley, 74, was also charged with failure to yield in the June 28 wreck on Roswell Road at the I-285 westbound entrance ramp.

According to the investigation, Straley was trying to enter the ramp when he turned into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder slammed into the passenger side of Straley's Toyota Avalon, where his wife was sitting.

The wife, Ailsie Straley, was rushed to Northside Hospital, but suffered a heart attack and passed away in the ambulance.

James Straley was taken to the Alpharetta Jail to post bond. The Pathfinder driver will not face charges.

Sandy Springs SWAT situation ends peacefully

Sandy Springs SWAT situation ends peacefully

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- No one was hurt in an hours-long SWAT standoff in Sandy Springs overnight.

The situation began at around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect's mother called police to report that her son, Edward Quenzer, was acting erratic.

After the mother called police, Quenzer threatened her with a Taser-type stun gun, according to Sandy Springs Police spokesman Ron Momon.

North Metro SWAT and Sandy Springs Police officials responded to Quenzer's house on Old Woodbine Road and tried to negotiate with him.

Early Thursday morning, a SWAT team was able to get into the house and take Quenzer into custody without incident, Momon said. Quenzer will now undergo a mental evaluation at Grady Memorial Hospital; the suspect's mother said he has been displaying symptoms of paranoia and schizophrenia.

Police evacuated several of Quenzer's neighbors during the SWAT standoff, but no one was harmed.

Man charged with harassing synagogue members

Man charged with harassing synagogue members

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have charged a man with harassing members of the local Jewish community.

Charles Cortell was arrested Friday morning on three counts of disorderly conduct.

Sandy Springs Police Sgt. Ron Momon said Cortell is accused of making harassing phone calls and sending hate-filled emails and text messages to members of a Sandy Springs synagogue.

"Although Cortell is Jewish, his message was largely one of hatred toward the Jewish population and paranoia about certain political and government facets," Momon said in a release.

Officers received a tip that Cortell frequents the area of Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs. He was arrested during a traffic stop in that area and is being held in the Alpharetta Jail.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram